(Nasdaq: ABCB) announced today a definitive agreement with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC") to assume the deposits and certain assets of First Bank of
, a full-service bank with two branches located in
. The Florida Office of Financial Regulation declared First Bank of
closed today and appointed the FDIC as receiver. The FDIC entered into a loss-share transaction and sold the assets and deposit liabilities of First Bank of
As branches of
, offices located at 11100 San Jose Boulevard and 9802 Old Baymeadows Road, will be open and serving customers on
Monday, October 25, 2010
, during the bank's normal business hours. First Bank of
depositors will automatically become depositors of
, and deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC, (up to FDIC maximum). With this acquisition,
will now operate 52 locations in
Edwin W. Hortman, Jr.
, President & CEO commented, "It is my pleasure to welcome First Bank's customers and employees to the
family. Customers can be confident that their deposits are safe and readily accessible. Ameris Bank has supported the financial needs of local communities since 1971. Our Jacksonville, Fleming Island, and
locations have been an important part of our Company's four-state footprint since late 2005, and two new locations will further complement our existing presence in this market. We appreciate working with the FDIC since
and look forward to continuing this relationship."
As a result of this acquisition,
will assume approximately
in total deposits and
in total loans. All of the loans purchased from the FDIC are covered under loss-sharing agreements that afford the Company significant protection from losses.
is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ameris Bancorp, headquartered in
. For additional information about
, please visit our web site at
Ameris Bancorp Common Stock is quoted on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "ABCB". The preceding release contains statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The words "believe", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "anticipate" and similar expressions and variations thereof identify certain of such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the dates which they were made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.
SOURCE Ameris Bancorp